Liebster Award… One very happy recipient

Thanks to phantomwriter143 who nominated me for the Liebster Award. Follow this link to phantomwriter143’s wonderful blog, ‘Inkcouragement’, which I have followed and read for a while now. Interesting and thought provoking posts with many great pieces on writing from strong female character creation to the journey to publication, Inkcouragement is a great place spend a little reading time (o;

So the rules are as follows

Write 11 Random facts about myself
Answer 11 questions the awarding Blogger posted for me
Nominate 11 bloggers (with less then 200 followers) for the award, linking them to this post letting them know
No tag backs… I don’t know what a tag back is (o:

11 Random facts

  1. I first wrote a full story when I was 11 years of age for a homework assignment. The next full story I wrote was at 27, a little bit of a gap
  2. Stephen King is a demi-God to me. I feel the ease of his written work as well as the complexities of some of his stories are simply amazing.
  3. I’m a cardiac nurse… by day… prolific writer by night… I wish
  4. Originally from Dublin, Ireland and now live in Australia
  5. Would like to own a big mahogany desk, placed in a quaint office overlooking a garden or lake where I can write until my hearts content
  6. I’ve a black belt in Karate but haven’t practiced in 10 years
  7. My typing speed was 25 words a minute when I left high school now its close to 70
  8. I hate sprouts and cabbage, not sure why humans decided they were food
  9. I’ve terrible arachnophobia, can’t stand any size of spider and living in Australia doesn’t help as I think all of the most deadly one’s decided to hang around this continent
  10. I don’t have a favorite food or color… I like to sit on the fence with those two
  11. Travel I feel is one of the most important things we can do as people. It promote understanding and social cohesion to integrate and learn about other’s and you get a tan… sometimes.
  • Here’s another one, I know its a twelfth but I’ve recently learned a new word, ‘Ambivert’, its the personality type in between an introvert and and extrovert. That’s me, finally.

11 Questions

  • What kind of music do you listen to while writing, if any at all?

None, I’ve tried really hard but become too distracted. I once started writing lyrics unknowingly.

  • What is it about writing that keeps you going, even when you’re not sure you want to continue?

I enjoy writing and find it to be something that not only relaxes me but keeps me mentally active. When I feel as if I couldn’t be bothered going on I reflect on what I have written and feel proud I’ve done it. The thought of one day seeing my name on a novel of mine keeps me going.

  • Who is your favorite author?

Sorry I’ve already answered this above but Stephen King. Actually I have a few that I enjoy as much though. Ray Bradbury’s work is brilliant as is Dean Koontz and Ray Matheson. Philip K Dick’s novels far surpass the movies based on them (except Bladerunner). Peter F Hamilton is a great writer of space opera, can be tough going but always worth the time and effort. There’s many more and I’d never stop looking for more authors I’d like to read. I simply think I don’t have enough years alive to read them all.

  • What genre do you read but swear you’ll never write?

I never say never. I’ve only read one mills and boone book. It was a night shift read and although I found it different to the sci fi and horror I normally sink my teeth into I’d never say that I’d never try my hand at it.

  • What do you do when you tell yourself something along the lines of I’ll only procrastinate a little longer?

First I try kick myself in the ass to get a move on. If that doesn’t work I try to look a new ways of doing things, reinvent the wheel so to speak. If that doesn’t work I ask others for advice like I did recently on my blog. I’ll eventually find a way to get back on track.

  • What brings you right into a writing mood, and how do you keep it that way?

New stories and targets. When I was corporate me, a long time ago I detested targets and KPI’s and all that Jazz but nowadays I love them. Giving myself a target of 3,000 words a day and a new story to get into motivates me about 80% of the way, the final 20% push comes from other places like writin location, imagination, energy levels, mood etc.

  • Favorite series, and favorite stand alone?

‘Dark Tower’ for the series. Not many series of books I’ve read multiple times except Stephen Kings might I say opus dei. Stand alone is Richard Matheson’s ‘I am Legend’. The movie was good but like Bladerunner, it took a different path, not a bad thing. The book is fantastic, read it then read Salem’s lot by Stephen King.

  • Have you ever seriously screwed up your sleep schedule because of a book? Was it worth it and what were you reading?

I read Stephen King’s ‘IT’ as a kid and scared the hell out of me. This was at a time I should have been reading the famous Five and secret seven, the harry potter’s of my day.

  • What do you do to remember those ideas you come up with and are not able to write?

Text messages on my phone prior to smart phones. Now I write little post it notes on my galaxy.

  • Are there books or series that you thought were great, and then the ending just ruined everything for you?

No particular book but I hate a sad or depressing ending. I still like it when the good guy wins and live to fight another day.

  • Why do you write?

I can’t dance, draw, sing, play an instrument, I’m not athletic, I don’t have a crazy busy social like, I’m a mediocre cook and I’m pretty sure I’ll never be a savvy financial investor. So after all that, I guess I write. I also enjoy it immensely… yep that was an adverb you saw (o;

After all that, here are the nominees for the next Liebster Award:

These blogs are great reads, well worth a click and a slice of your time.

OK so 11 random facts and the 11 question will be:

  1. Best and worst book you ever read?
  2. What is it about writing that keeps you wanting more?
  3. Who is your favorite author?
  4. What genre do you write?
  5. How do you stop yourself procrastinating?
  6. What brings you right into a writing mood, and how do you keep it that way?
  7. What do you prefer, ebook or paperback?
  8. Most intense read so far whether its a book, short story or election promises from your local politician?
  9. How do you note new story ideas?
  10. Where would you like to be, writing career wise, in five years time?
  11. Why do you write?

Good Luck and enjoy.


  1. Hi David,
    A great Liebster post, the award is well deserved. Thank you kindly (another adverb!) for the nomination. I’m flattered. A lot of things are happening at the moment, both on and offline so I will not be able to follow up with my Liebster commitment right now. But I’m still happy to be included.
    Keep up the good work!


  2. Congratulations on your award. I came to you via Clare’s blog as I also nominated her for a Liebster (great minds etc). It’s interesting to note the variations in the rules as the route I’m following is in multiples of 10 rather than 11 and omits the interesting facts
    fortunately for me as I cringe at the thought although very much enjoyed yours. I hope you don’t mind me coming in in the defence of brussels sprouts: forget the overcooked stuff of your childhood and try them sliced in a stirfry or cut in half and boiled for the minimum time and the minimum amount of water (so that by the time they’re cooked it’s all evaporated) – you still might not like them but at least you will have given them a chance. On the other hand, why take culinary advice from someone you’ve never heard of? Life’s too short!


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